Mexican Hot Sauce

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Mexican Hot Sauce will leave you with tears in your eyes, yet have you come back for more? This recipe is a green El Yucateco-style sauce that uses Habanero peppers rated up to 350 000 on the Scoville scale, making this a highly spicy hot sauce. Also added are onions, garlic, vinegar, salt, sugar, and lime juice blended with fresh cilantro. Add this spicy sauce to tacos and quesadillas, or use it to heat soupschili, and stews for some extra kick.  

What is the hot Mexican sauce called?

It's said that El Yucateco is the hottest sauce in Mexico. 

What makes Mexican hot sauce different?

What separates each hot sauce is the types of peppers used in them. Mexico produces over 60 varieties of peppers; these peppers are smoked, dried, and turned into powders or infused with other peppers, such as the chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce. 

What does green Mexican sauce taste like?

You will find several types of green hot sauce from salsa Verde, which is not very spicy and made from tomatillos, chili Verde, which is a sauce made from green chilies and El Yucateco, which is the style of this recipe made from Habanero.  

Which is hotter red or green chile sauce?

The color of the sauce does not necessarily determine how spicy it will be, it's the types of peppers used in the sauce that counts. 
Author: Jennifer Dodd
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
250 ml



Place the olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and Habanero peppers to the pan, sweating the ingredients for 5 minutes. 
Overview of onions, Habanero peppers and garlic cooking in a pan
Add salt, sugar, and vinegar, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Sugar, salt and vinegar being added to a pan
Add the ingredients to a blender letting it cool down for 5 minutes. 
Overview of hot sauce ingredients cooling in a blender
Add the lime juice and cilantro to the blender, and blend on high speed until the sauce is completely smooth. 
Lime juice and cilantro being added to hot sauce ingredients in a blender
Place into sanitized jars or bottles ready to hit the table, seeing who can handle the heat. 
Side shot of a jar of hot sauce on a table

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